The British Library is making available six of its yet to be published titles exclusively to delegates at the conference today. Some of these will not be available in shops for several months.
And, if that isn’t tempting eniugh, the Crime Classics will be on sale on a three for the price of two basis.
Not got a ticket? Not a problem, you can pay on the door and secure one of the few remaining places.
Oh yes, and you will get to hear leading experts on the Golden Age sharing their knowledge on a range of topics relating to detective fiction’s finest ers.
The miniature book museum in the old city part of Baku in Azerbaijan includes amongst the titles on display two tiny (less than two inches tall) editions of Agatha Christie, translated into Russian. For those of you unfamiliar with the cyrillic script, both bear the title Two Stories. Unfortunately, as the display is behind glass, I was unable to check which two stories were included and whether the two volumes contained the same pair of stories or different ones.
Simon Brett and Len Tyler have suggested the following pre-conference reading for their talk on The Changing Image of the Golden Age. Some of these are articles and not a book so a careful internet search may prove fruitful in locating copies (possibly, though by no means caertainly, for free).
The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
Murder for Pleasure by Howard Haycraft
Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James
Bloody Murder by Julian Symons
Snobbery with Violence by Colin Watson
Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? by Edmund Wilson
The Baffle Book by Lassiter Wren and Randle McKay
Dr Jennifer Palmer has suggested the following books as preparatory reading for her session at this year’s conference. Jennifer says that although some of the books are more obscure and difficult to obtain than others, she also refers to a number of books which are readily available in paperback or ebook form, including one title from the British Library Crime Classics series.
The Widening Stain by Morris Bishop
Dewey Death by Charity Blackstock
Death Walks in Marble Halls by Lawrence G. Blochman
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
Murder in a Library by Charles J. Dutton
Dewey Decimated by Charles A. Goodwin
Murder in the Stacks by Marion Boyd Havighurst
Operation Pax by Michael Innes
Landscape with Dead Dons by Robert Robinson
Murder in the Museum by John Rowland
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
As we move into the final weeks before the conference, here are three more titles to add to your Suggested Reading to help you make the most of your day:
Come Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
Beware of Johnny Washington by Francis Durbridge
The first two titles by Christie are non-fiction. The name under which she published Come Tell Me How You Live may give you a clue that it focuses on her times spent on digs in the Middle East with her archaeologist husband Sir Max Mallowan though there is little doubt that her experiences lend not only local colour but also verisimilitude to her fiction excursions in the area.
The Francis Durbrdge title, originally from 1951 but recently republished, is a reworking of the first Paul Temple radio serial Send For Paul Temple that features alternative characters including the eponymous Johnny Washington.
Martin Edwards will be speaking at the conference on the works of Richard Hull. To get you in the right frame of mind for this you might want to check out the following books:
The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull
Blood on the Tracks by Martin Edwards
Bats in the Belfry by E. C. R. Lorac
I might add that I am currently reading Murder Isn’t Easy by Richard Hull, which has a similar tone to The Murder of My Aunt. It also promises to be every bit as good as, and as convention-upsetting, as that novel.